But are they French Sock Monkeys?

You won’t believe this, but this is not the first time we’ve featured sock monkeys on scooters before. There was this this t-shirt and these books . But this is the first time we’ve featured sock monkeys on pillows, sleepsacs, blankets and wall art for the toddler set. Part of Petit Tresor’s line, the prices range from $39 to $89.

Thanks to Julie G. for this adorable find!


Rapido Red

While shopping in a “Wildberries Market” in Northern California, Slug Rocket (Scooter Club member) Coady R. snapped this great photo of a wine I haven’t yet come across. It’s hard to find online too unless you’re in New Zealand. It seems like this is an Italian wine but is imported by a New Zealand winery? Can a wine expert help me out here?

Here’s a description:

“Rapido Red Sangiovese (6 Bottles) 2007
A seriously good wine that is all things Italian – made from Sangiovese grapes from selected vineyards in Puglia, southern Italy (known as the ‘heel’ of Italy). It was imported by Kahurangi Estate in Nelson. It’s a wine to share the Italian way, and is a must when it comes to accompanying that hearty bowl of meat and pasta, or equally at home with a platter of cold meats and cheese. ‘Fantastico’!

Region: Salento peninsula in southern Puglia, Italy

Foods: We love it with everything from a hearty lasagne to an antipasto platter.

Nose: A medium bodied, everyday drinking red with aromas of red berry and damson fruit.

Palate: Fresh and lively on the palate with ripe berry fruit balanced by tangy acidity and soft ripe tannins leading to a warm, spicy finish.”

Thanks to Coady for the picture and the find!

This Week’s Rare Bit O’Swag:
Carl Shipman Scooter Skateboard Deck

I was unable to find out if these decks are still available, but persistence always wins the day. (As does the ever handy “Google Alerts”) This design was part of an “Obey” design collaboration in 2009-2010.

Thanks to Scoot! Magazine for the find. This was in April Whitney’s “Collector’s Corner” feature in the December 2010 issue.

2009 Catalog Entry

Introducing the “Scooper”

These paper toy scooters are created by artist Dadik Triadi in Jakarta, Indonesia. He is an illustrator and also designs “papertoys” for comic books and other art projects. He calls these paper scooters “scoopers” and they are made out of a combination of recycled materials like cigarette packs, glue, paint, paper maché and well, moxie! They measure approximately 10 cm (4″) tall and 16 cm (6.25″) long.

I contacted him and asked him if he would be willing to sell his scooters, and whether he would consider doing “custom” projects using scooter rally itineraries, northern soul night flyers, 45 record sleeves, love letters, photo printouts, vintage advertising, you name it. He said he would be thrilled and can make a custom scooter for you for $40 USD. That price also includes shipping to anywhere in the world. His Paypal account is at dyadic81@gmail.com and you can e-mail him at this address to place your order. His mailing address to send your materials you want used is:

Jalan Cibubur 1 RT 01/001 No : 91
Kelurahan Cibubur Kecamatan Ciracas
Jakarta Timur 13720

(Helpful hint: Try to keep the materials to things that aren’t too thin, thick or can get wet without ink running. Color photocopies would work well when you don’t want to destroy the original artifact.)

And yes Virginia, he will make a scooper Lambretta for you too.

Thanks to Julie G. for discovering Dadik!


Heads-Up Goggo Scooter Owners!

The Galison “Bon Voyage” line features the bulbous and beloved Goggo scooter on their retro travel sticky notes, gift notes, and notecards – but not on the notebook. Prices range from $10-$11. After clicking on the link below, type in “Galison Bon Voyage” to see all of the line.
So do any of ScooterSwag’s followers have one of these rare Odd Scoots?

Galison Bon Voyage Writer’s Notecards at Amazon.com